Has COVID-19 become no more dangerous than the flu for most people? That’s a question that scientists are debating as the country heads into a third pandemic winter. Early in the pandemic, COVID was estimated to be 10 times more lethal than the flu, fueling many people’s fears. “We have all been questioning, ‘When does […]
The US is on a Covid plateau, what’s next?
The United States seems to have hit a Covid-19 plateau, with more than 40,000 people hospitalized and more than 400 deaths a day consistently over the past month or so. It’s a dramatic improvement from this winter — there were four times as many hospitalizations and nearly six times as many deaths at the peak […]
Covid Omicron offshoot BA.5 is everywhere
Once again, Covid-19 seems to everywhere. If you feel caught off-guard, you aren’t alone. After the Omicron tidal wave of that washed over the United States in January and the smaller rise in cases in the spring caused by the BA.2 subvariant, it might have seemed like the coronavirus could be ignored for a while. […]
COVID-19 vaccines do not protect ‘overly well’ against infection says Fauci
White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci conceded that COVID-19 vaccines do not protect “overly well” against infection Tuesday on “Your World.” Said Fauci, “One of the things that’s clear from the data [is] that even though vaccines – because of the high degree of transmissibility of this virus – don’t protect overly well, […]
Fatal Blood Clot Risk collars J & J’s Vaccine
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it is limiting use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine over concerns of rare side effects including blood clots. The FDA announced on Thursday that it was restricting authorized use of the vaccine, which is produced by the Johnson & Johnson-owned company Janssen Pharmaceuticals, to adults […]
They were vaccinated & boosted. Their virus symptoms were minor. Then they had long Covid.
Linda Timmer wanted to practice what she preached. While working at a domestic violence nonprofit in Arizona during the height of the Covid-19 summer wave in 2020, Timmer wrote pandemic policies for her workplace, encouraging her colleagues to wear masks and, if they had been exposed to the coronavirus or had symptoms, get tested.Timmer herself […]
How well is our vaccine immunity holding up against COVID-19?
Now that most U.S. cities and states have dropped masking requirements and other precautions against COVID-19, you may be wondering about your chances of getting infected or, worse, being hospitalized or dying if you happen to get sick. Researchers have been digging into that question, and in general, what they’ve found is that for people […]
Must I get a 2nd booster? The CDC now says it’s up to you
People should use their own judgement to decide when is best for them to get a second COVID booster vaccine, Rochelle Walensky, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has said. Last week, the CDC recommended second booster doses—a fourth shot for many people—for certain immunocompromised individuals and people over the […]
Israeli study finds fourth Covid booster protection, dissipates quickly
A fourth dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine seems to offer short-lived protection against infection overall, but protection against severe illness did not wane for at least several weeks, according to a new study. The study, published Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, looked at the health records of more than 1.25 million […]
Trump Says “Vaccines Are Saving Lives”
Former President Trump in an interview with conservative media personality Candace Owens pushed back over her claims undermining the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines. In a Tuesday episode of the Daily Wire show “Candace,” Trump told Owens that he takes credit for the “incredible speed” of how the vaccines were developed during his time in office […]
FDA Officially Supports Vaccines For Children
An expert panel on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to recommend the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorize the Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, saying the benefits of inoculation outweigh the risks. An authorization for that age group would be would be an important regulatory step toward reaching about […]
Vaccine Safe For Kids Aged 6-11 Says Moderna
Moderna’s vaccine for kids ages 6 through 11 shows a “robust” immune response in a study of more than 4,500 youths, the Massachusetts-based pharmaceutical company said Monday. Moderna said it plans to submit the data to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration “in the near term.” The randomized, observer-blind, placebo-controlled expansion study involved a two-dose […]